Construction of the Central Coast’s new university campus is a step closer with an $18 million investment, as part of a $1 billion budget funding injection for key technology and innovation precincts across the State. The $1 billion investment will deliver landmark and transformative infrastructure across major precincts. In addition to the Gosford University Campus, this includes the Advanced Manufacturing Research Facility in the Bradfield City Centre and funding to activate the RNA Pilot Manufacturing Facility.
The state’s first trial of a hydrogen-powered electric bus will begin on the Central Coast later this year, as the NSW Government transitions its fleet to zero emission technology. The Government is partnering with local and national industry suppliers to test the future fuel source. Treasurer and Minister for Energy Matt Kean said the project would help create a thriving green hydrogen industry in NSW.
Up to 3500 electric vehicle (EV) chargers will be rolled out across regional NSW, with the NSW Government offering $20 million in grants to establish Australia’s largest destination charging network. Treasurer and Minister for Energy Matt Kean said the co-funded grants, ranging from $2000 to $40,000 per site for EV chargers across regional NSW, would boost regional tourism and were part of a $171 million investment in EV charging over the next four years.
The Hunter will soon be a gateway to the world, with the Morrison-Joyce Government providing $55 million to make the Newcastle Airport an international hub. Building on our $66 million investment to upgrade the runway, our Government has locked in this additional funding to upgrade and expand the terminal.
The Central Coast is on track for a major boost to education, jobs and liveability with the NSW Government securing the University of Newcastle as the preferred partner to deliver a Gosford university campus. Minister for Infrastructure and Cities Rob Stokes said the campus would become the jewel in the crown of the new Central Coast Education and Employment Precinct.
Newcastle’s iconic Macquarie Pier has received the final touches to its multi-staged facelift with a heritage walk for locals and visitors commemorating the city’s rich maritime history. Minister for Transport and Veterans David Elliott is spending the day in the habour city visiting one of the world’s largest coat export ports, as well as volunteers and veterans at Fort Scratchley.
The Greater Cities Commission will be tasked with developing the six cities vision for metropolitan NSW, following the passage of landmark legislation this week. Minister for Cities Rob Stokes said by bringing Newcastle, the Central Coast and Wollongong together with Sydney in our strategic planning, we are positioning the six cities of metropolitan NSW to be more prosperous, safer, cleaner, smarter and more fun to live in or visit.
Vehicle registration and licence renewal extensions, along with free replacement products, are among help available to support those impacted by the recent floods. Minister for Customer Service and Digital Government Victor Dominello said it is vital those who are rebuilding their lives after the severe weather had access to these important documents
Travelling around Newcastle on public transport will be faster and easier with new timetables adding more than 160 services from Sunday, 3 April 2022. Minister for Transport and Veterans David Elliott said additional services will improve journey times and increase service frequency outside of peak periods and on weekends.
Major events are set to come back bigger and better under a funding boost that drives tourists to the regions and helps communities back on their feet. Acting Premier Paul Toole today opened applications for Round Two of the NSW Government’s $20 million Regional Events Acceleration Fund (REAF) to help bring new major sporting, lifestyle, food, music, art and cultural events to regional NSW.
NSW small businesses and not-for-profits (NFP) affected by the severe weather and floods in February and March 2022 can now apply for up to $50,000 in government support. Premier Dominic Perrottet said the Flood Disaster Recovery Small Business Grants would provide a much needed lifeline to small businesses hard hit by the widespread flooding and the Government would endeavor to get money into bank accounts as quickly as possible.
The NSW Government has announced changes to the state's Destination Networks to ensure the regional visitor economy is set up for continued success and receives more local resources and support. Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW Paul Toole said the NSW Government was committed to growing the visitor economy of regional NSW with the right framework in place to support visitor growth, job creation, skills development and stakeholder engagement.
A new digital one-stop-shop has streamlined the process for tourism businesses and councils to apply for white on brown tourism attraction signs, creating more opportunities to showcase their destinations.
The NSW Government will invest more than $8 million in a suite of grant programs to accelerate the recovery of the NSW visitor economy as the state reopens to visitors. Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney and Minister for Trade and Industry Stuart Ayres said the funding would be a significant boost to the visitor economy as travel restrictions lifted.
The NSW Government today unveiled a new tourism campaign to entice visitors to the State and re-energise them to feel new. Developed by Destination NSW in consultation with the state’s visitor economy stakeholders, the ‘Feel New’ campaign showcases the abundant natural wonders and vibrant cultural experiences on offer across Sydney and NSW.
The State’s rapid rate of second dose vaccinations means that next Monday, 18 October is firming as the day that the Reopening NSW Roadmap’s 80 per cent settings will come into effect for those who are fully vaccinated. Community sport will resume, more friends and family will be reunited, and there will no longer be a cap on guests at weddings and funerals. Masks will also no longer be required in offices, and drinking while standing and dancing will be permitted indoors and outdoors at hospitality venues.
NSW has a clear path to follow out of the pandemic and lockdowns, with the roadmap for easing restrictions at the 80 per cent double dose target revealing a brighter future for the community. From the Monday after NSW hits the 80 per cent (aged 16 and over) double dose vaccination target, eased restrictions will allow those who are fully vaccinated to have up to 10 people visit their home, participate in community sport, and access hospitality venues (where drinking while standing up will be allowed indoors). All premises will operate at 1 person per 4sqm indoors, and 1 person per 2sqm outdoors.
The NSW Government is amping up the State’s live music scene once again with the return of Great Southern Nights in March and April 2022. ARIA-award winning indie pop artist Amy Shark and Yolngu rapper Baker Boy join Jessica Mauboy, Jimmy Barnes, Missy Higgins and Peking Duk as the first artists of the line-up, with shows to be held from 18 March to 10 April 2022
Stay-at-home orders for adults who have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine will be lifted from the Monday after NSW passes the 70 per cent double vaccination target, under the roadmap to freedom. The roadmap is subject to further fine-tuning and health advice if circumstances change drastically or if cases within a designated area remain too high.
The NSW Government has partnered with Restaurant & Catering Australia and social media giant Facebook to deliver a suite of free, new skills development and training programs designed for individuals and businesses engaged in the State’s visitor economy The programs, delivered by Destination NSW, will be offered to individuals and businesses wishing to upgrade their customer service skills and enhance their social media capability.
The joint NSW Government and Commonwealth JobSaver program will be significantly boosted to give greater support to businesses and individuals impacted by the extended lockdown. JobSaver payments will now be available to businesses with an annual turnover of between $75,000 and $250 million, up from $50 million, which have experienced a revenue decline of 30 per cent or more
The NSW Government is providing targeted support for the state’s accommodation sector to ease the pain of lost bookings over the winter school holiday period. The cash-flow boosting funding will enable eligible accommodation premises that have lost room nights between 25 June and 11 July inclusive to apply for grants up to $5,000. Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said this $26 million initiative was critically important for accommodation providers with occupancy rates plummeting over the past month
The NSW Government has announced a comprehensive economic support package worth billions of dollars aimed at helping businesses and people right across the state fight through the current COVID-19 lockdown. The commitment will now be up to $5.1 billion, including more than $1 billion from the Commonwealth as part of a business and employee support program.
NSW communities impacted by the 2019-20 Black Summer bushfires will benefit from $283 million in funding for 195 projects through Stage Two of the Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund. Minister for Emergency Management David Littleproud said the $283 million announced today will continue the bushfire recovery efforts.
The NSW Government today announced a major new grants package and changes to the Dine & Discover program to help tens of thousands of small businesses and people across NSW impacted by the current COVID-19 restrictions. The package includes grants of between $5,000 and $10,000 for small businesses, payroll tax deferrals for all employers, an extension of the Dine & Discover program to 31 August and the ability for people to use Dine & Discover vouchers for takeaway delivered directly to their home by the venue itself.
Big ticket tourism attractions that will put regional towns on the map and improve accessibility for people with disability are set to receive a significant funding boost, thanks to the NSW Government. The new $30 million Regional Tourism Activation Fund will deliver new or upgraded tourism infrastructure as well as improve accessibility and inclusion for people with disability.
Regional visitor economies are on the road to recovery, and the Destination NSW and Roy Morgan Weekly Visitor Tourism Tracking Index shows that the total number of visitors across regional NSW is approximately 20 per cent above the where we were at mid-October last year. Ettalong Beach on the Central Coast was awarded 'Most compelling Itinerary' Judges Choice Award as part of Business NSW Top Tourism Town Award this week.
The NSW Government has today announced jobseekers across the state will have access to free hospitality training to address growing skills shortages in the regional hospitality industry. A partnership between the NSW Government and Clubs NSW will be piloted in clubs across the Upper Hunter, giving unemployed locals an opportunity to reskill for a job in a club. NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro said COVID-19 had intensified an already-acute skills shortage for jobs, with local unemployment and a lack of overseas workers such as chefs, bar attendants and kitchenhands.
The New South Wales Hunter region will benefit from a $95,000 investment to help local hospitality job seekers back into work, as part of the Australian Government’s Local Recovery Fund. The Local Recovery Fund is an important part of the Local Jobs Program, which is being expanded as part of the 2021-22 Federal Budget. A hospitality mentoring and employment project run by Smart Training and Consulting Group in the Hunter region is part of the first release of 15 local employment projects funded under the program.
The New South Wales visitor economy will get a boost through two new industry support and marketing programs. Applications are open for the $5.5 million Business Events Industry Support package and $1 million Tourism Industry Marketing Support package through the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency Destination NSW and Sydney’s business events bidding specialists BESydney.
Attracting major sporting, music and cultural events to the Central Coast is becoming easier thanks to $20 million now on offer through the NSW Government’s Regional Events Acceleration Fund. Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and Member for Terrigal Adam Crouch said the Regional Events Acceleration Fund targets events that increase visitation, expenditure and length of visitor stays.
Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres today announced Ms Christine McLoughlin as the new Chair of Destination NSW and thanked outgoing Chair John Warn for his service.
The Tourism Grants for Indigenous Business funding round aims to increase the number of Indigenous-owned tourism products available in the market. This grant round will support Indigenous-owned tourism businesses and Indigenous-owned community organisations to plan for or grow their new/existing tourism businesses within the tourism sector
Major sporting, music and cultural events are coming to regional NSW and existing shows will be bigger and better than ever, thanks to a new NSW Government funding program that will help showcase towns internationally and boost local economies. Deputy Premier John Barilaro announced the $20 million Regional Events Acceleration Fund, which opens today, will provide grants to boost major events in regional areas, creating valuable jobs for locals.
The bushfire crisis made for a tough start to 2020 and the situation for the business events sector has become more challenging and complicated by the global COVID-19 pandemic. With international business currently on hold, the recovery of Australia’s business events industry will be led by businesses and associations choosing to hold events in Australia.
The NSW Government is giving the State’s visitor economy a $6 million boost through funding and marketing programs to turbocharge Sydney and regional economies and create more jobs. Three funding streams to support regional businesses engaged in the visitor economy open today, while an expanded multi-channel tourism campaign profiling Greater Sydney includes a new television commercial launched over the weekend during the Australian Open.
A new roadmap outlines the NSW Government’s bold plan to make NSW the premier visitor economy of the Asia-Pacific by 2030. Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres launched the Visitor Economy Strategy 2030 today to aid recovery and turbocharge visitor economy growth through securing world-class events, boosting regional visitation and building new tourism icons and visitor experiences for the future.
Pubs and small bars across the state will be able to use footpaths and public spaces to ensure customers can enjoy a day or night out in a covid-safe way this summer from 1 December 2020. Planning and Public Spaces Minister Rob Stokes said the alfresco dining trial that has breathed life back into The Rocks and Darling Harbour will now be made available to all of NSW.
Some of Australia’s biggest names in music including Guy Sebastian, Amy Shark and Ocean Alley are headlining a new tourism campaign encouraging Australians to support regional NSW communities by taking a road trip. Six high-profile artists have filmed their own road trip adventures across NSW for a six-part web series leading a NSW Government campaign that inspires travellers to hit the road and help local visitor economies bounce back.
NSW residents will be given $100 worth of digital vouchers that can be used at eateries and on arts and tourism attractions across NSW as part of a flagship $500 million program to help business, stimulate the State’s economy and support local jobs. Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said the $500 million Out & About program was designed to boost businesses hit hard by the pandemic, by encouraging people to get out and enjoy the best of NSW.
DSSN has delivered some strong programs which are continuing to enhance the Visitor Economy in the region. Overall, the DSSN region’s Visitor Economy has grown a staggering 34% since 2012 and now delivers $4.63 billion worth of expenditure in the region.
Since incorporation in 2017, DSSN has secured successful funding from the State Government and Destination partners for Cooperative Marketing, Product Development, Conferencing and Events, totalling $2.5 million, in the process making a significant contribution towards the State Government’s goal of doubling overnight visitor expenditure by the year 2020.
In delivering its Destination Management Plan (DMP) for 2018, Destination Sydney Surrounds North has released a blue print for the future Hospitality Industry and Visitor Economy.
Destination Sydney Surrounds North commences 2018 with the appointment of Michael Forster as Industry Development Manager, working in tandem with General Manager Glenn Caldwell, Executive Assistant Michelle Jenkins and Industry partners to deliver on the Region’s key strategic tourism priorities.
Publicity is a major component of Destination NSW’s domestic and international marketing programs. It can be highly effective in building brand appeal, encouraging motivation to travel and delivering tactical messages around product and pricing. Destination NSW has a team of in-house publicists who coordinate activities to engage a range of different media. Programs include hosting visiting media; managing media relationships; conducting global outreach activities to pitch stories to media; implementing promotional events; and developing media resources. Find out more or make contact with the Destination NSW media team.